Articles tagged with: Canadian HIV_AIDS Legal Network

A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization

published: December, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

The HIV community should be heartened by recent events—developments that are very much welcome, but nowhere near enough. Here's a chance to make your voice heard

A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization

On World AIDS Day, after years of advocacy by community organizations, both the federal and Ontario governments recognized the need to limit the “overcriminalization of HIV” in Canada. Both took a first step toward by recognizing that criminal prosecution for alleged HIV non-disclosure is not warranted in the case where a person living with HIV had a “suppressed viral load,” because this is at odds with the science. The federal Justice Minister released her department’s report, C

The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part two

published: December, 15, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Legal, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week Bob Leahy explained the impact of the ground-breaking December 1 announcements that sought to ease the laws surrounding non-disclosure of HIV. Today he looks at the mixed community reaction to those announcements

The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part two

Go here to read part one. Background: The announcements last week required careful messaging, walking a tightrope between acknowledging progress while recognizing they fell well short of what community activists had asked for. The Federal Justice Minister had, after all, talked about the “over criminalization” of HIV. The Department had also paid homage to the science. “The criminal law should not apply to persons living with HIV who have engaged in sexual activity without disclosing

The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part one

published: December, 08, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Hep B and C, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says the news on World AIDS Day that the approach to criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in Canada has changed has left some confused. Here is an easy to follow laymens’ guide to what went down.

The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part one

World AIDS Day 2017 saw a dizzying array of announcements. Two in particular contained news of particular importance to people living with HIV. They were about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, a complicated topic that generated more commentary and some controversy. The purpose of this article is to explain what the news meant for people living with HIV. Part two will deal with what people are saying about it – and our opinion too. Background: It’s important for people living wit

Time to act: over 150 organizations across Canada call on federal and provincial governments to end unjust criminalization of HIV

published: November, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

For the first time, the HIV community and other concerned organizations are calling on the federal government to reform the Criminal Code.

Time to act: over 150 organizations across Canada call on federal and provincial governments to end unjust criminalization of HIV

TORONTO, November 27, 2017 — With World AIDS Day just a few days away, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) has released a joint Community Consensus Statement endorsed by over 150 organizations across the country, from the HIV sector and beyond. Developed through several months of cross-country consultation, the statement shows clear consensus against the current overly broad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV and the urgent need for action fro

Trump government and Big Pharma threaten access to HIV medications with new NAFTA deal.

published: September, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Upcoming Events, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors

If you live in North America, tell your representative: Commit to vote no on NAFTA corporate power grab!

Trump government and Big Pharma threaten access to HIV medications with new NAFTA deal.

September 8, 2017 The re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is now underway. As these critical discussions continue, the Government of Canada needs to counter the attempts by the Trump administration to ratchet up further the restrictive rules on intellectual property that create even more monopoly profits for Big Pharma at the expense of people who need affordable medicines. The Ottawa Citizen recently published our analysis and recommendations to the federal g

Have your say about HIV criminalization: complete online survey by Aug 31.

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) seeks your input towards creating a Community Consensus Statement

Have your say about HIV criminalization: complete online survey by Aug 31.

(La version française se trouve ci-dessous.) The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC), which officially launched in October 2016, was founded by a group of Canadians and representatives of Canadian organizations compelled to join forces at a national level to progressively reform discriminatory and unjust criminal and public health laws and practices that criminalize and regulate people living with HIV in relation to HIV exposure, transmission and non-disclosure in Canada

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the HIV Justice Network, this report on how the ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ campaign might best be understood to impact HIV criminalization advocacy.

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

Yesterday saw the launch of a Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform, to provide guidance for efforts to reform or “modernize” HIV-specific laws across the United States. The concern, as highlighted by Charles King, President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc, is that if HIV criminalisation reform focuses soley on changing laws so that those who are virally suppressed are not considered ‘a risk’ that this approach will not addres

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

published: July, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Critics say that recent conviction of Indigenous woman is further proof that the use of sexual assault laws in cases of HIV non-disclosure continue to criminalize marginalized people and women of colour

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

Tanja-Tiziana This article by Alex McClelland previously appeared in NOW Magazine, here. An Indigenous woman with HIV has had her appeal on an aggravated sexual assault conviction dismissed by the Manitoba Court of Appeal. The decision handed down on June 29 comes as a blow to the growing movement of lawyers and human rights advocates pushing to change laws that they say criminalize people with HIV, in particular vulnerable women.  Activists have been calling for a moratorium on all n

Skewed Stories

published: July, 05, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Legal, Media, Population Specific

Media stories of people prosecuted for not disclosing their status show Black men on trial in disproportionate numbers. What impact does this have on African, Caribbean and Black communities? From CATIE's Positive Side, Sané Dube investigates.

Skewed Stories

“In a word, it’s dehumanizing.” Robert Bardston is talking about media coverage of HIV non-disclosure cases. I’ve spent the past couple of months engaged in a series of poignant, inspiring and sometimes-heartbreaking conversations about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. I am trying to understand how mainstream media stories on the issue impact African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) people across the country. Robert and I are speaking on the phone—miles stretch between his Medici

“I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

published: July, 05, 2017 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Women, Mental Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

"How can the general public insist upon disclosure when they set the tone and grounds for unsuccessful disclosure?" Samantha offers her takeaway from " Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights."

 “I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

On June 15, 2017 the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network held a symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights. The symposium focused on unjust HIV criminal legislation in Canada. Canada unfortunately has one of the worst records in the world for the overly broad use of criminal laws to address HIV nondisclosure. Panels of experts and those with lived experience of HIV criminalization presented their research and experiences. The legal experts di

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